Qiagen said this week that it has promoted Hans Peter Fatscher to the position of vice president of sales, life sciences. He will be responsible for the life sciences sales organization in North America. He most recently served as director of global customer satisfaction for the company.

Former Illumina chief scientific officer David Barker has joined NextBio’s board of directors, NextBio said last week.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.